Opinions about televisions over fireplaces
jcorn1
June 29, 2013 in Design Dilemma
I'm wondering how most of you feel about this. Wondering if I'm in the minority but they seem like back holes to me when they are turned off. They disturb the flow of the fireplace to me. Opinions? Hubby wants one over fireplace.
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energizer777
a passing fad
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Kevin Patrick O'Brien Architect, Inc.
We are designing a number of homes with flat screen TV's over the fireplace! We like to "recess" them so the screen is "flush" with the fireplace facing material. The trick is "viewing distance" TV screen size and height off the floor. The goal is to be far enough away from screen so you don't strain your neck looking "up" at the screen. Best to do a "mock up" with tape and practice viewing the TV prior to installing! Regarding "black hole" effect, if you can recess the TV you can build cabinet doors that close over the screen. You might post a photo of the fireplace and seating for more input. Enjoy...
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Kevin Patrick O'Brien Architect, Inc.
As per the post above, "passing fad", as long as we watch TV and want to enjoy a fireplace at the same time, we will struggle to solve this problem! The fireplace used to be the "hearth" now the TV is commanding attention! Go figure!
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mefor
Hi jcorn1, nice to talk to you again. I think they are much too high when over fireplace. They should be at eye level when you're sitting down. If the tv in question is in some kind of a man cave/bar area where people are standing or sitting on bar stools , then it would be ok over fireplace. Or in a bedroom, when you are in bed it could work that high. But even then, I'd rather it somewhere else, like you, I don't like the black hole when it's off. Unless it can be put in a flat screen tv cabinet on wall. Hope your hubby won't be too disappointed in my answer :)
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einportlandor
Also consider heat. I owned a house with a gas fireplace which generated quite a bit of heat (which was the idea). I don't think a TV over it would have been advisable. Personally, I don't like the look at all.
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Kevin Patrick O'Brien Architect, Inc.
This is a home we just finished (French Provence Farmhouse on my houzz profile). Note the TV height and location of seating group in the Gathering Room. Also, my customer wanted to view the TV from the Kitchen/Dining areas! Like the post above noted, best to dial-in the overall needs and viewing demands prior to deciding!
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Matt Christensen
I built my own. I am not a fan of the standard built in over a fireplace and mantel. They get to high up and you viewing enjoyment is terrible.
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feeny
I hate the look of a TV over a fireplace.
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Lightcrafters, Inc.
Find a way to cover or mask the TV.
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